The ITV2 dating show’s start time was pushed back to 10pm, but after the Euros clash against Denmark at Wembley went to extra time, viewing figures dwindled.
On Tuesday night’s Love Island episode, 2.2million reality TV fans tuned in to watch the latest drama unfold as two new blonde bombshells entered the villa.
Oh dear: Love Island lost 1.2million viewers on Wednesday night as the public switched over to watch the England match instead (pictured new bombshells Lucinda and Millie enter the villa)
However that figure fell to just 941,000 on Wednesday night while England kept the nation on tender hooks until the end of extra time that finished at 10.35pm. This figure does not include views on the ITV Hub.
In a failed attempt to avoid a ratings drop, the ITV2 channel decided to postpone their viewing until the eagerly-awaited match had finished, but hadn’t taken into account extra time.
Football: The ITV2 dating show’s start time was pushed back to 10pm, but after the Euros clash against Denmark at Wembley went to extra time, viewing figures still dwindled
While the dating show would usually air at 9pm in its regular slot, it began at 10pm.
The delay was confirmed at the end of Tuesday’s episode.
Even though there were less viewers the drama still came thick and fast on Wednesday’s show.
Delay: Love Island delayed Wednesday’s episode by an hour to accommodate the football (pictured Love Islander Toby Aromolaran)
Aaron had been irritated by Sharon when Hugo had said he didn’t like ‘fakeness’ in women; and as he was chosen to make dinner for the two new girls
He was seen flirting with the newbies before taking Sharon for a chat and telling her she’s ‘too fiery’ for him and that he’s ‘not feeling it’, leaving her upset.
Fans took to Twitter to slam the events worker, convinced his attitude will cost him a place on the show.
Referring to the fact that England beat Denmark in the EUROS on the same evening, one penned: ‘Things that are coming home: Football, My student loan repayment plan, Aaron from the #loveisland villa!’
Showdown: England collided against the Danish football club for the eagerly-awaited match at Wembley (pictured Harry Kane right and Raheem Sterling left)
Another agreed: ‘Football is coming home. Let’s bring Aaron home too!’
Another penned: ‘When a man uses ‘red flags’ as an excuse to dump someone when they just don’t like someone’s personality or opinions = manipulative/gaslighting, Aaron. Just be careful!’
Another penned: ‘I kinda get what Aaron is saying buy his delivery is give me controlling and manipulative vibes!’
‘It’s really uncomfortable to watch Aaron make Sharon out to be a villain. Its so dark and manipulative,’ someone else agreed.
On the rocks: In the episode, newly coupled-up Aaron Francis, 24, (pictured) and Sharon Gaffka, 25, got off to a rocky start after Aaron admitted to the boys on Wednesday that he’s not feeling it with her anymore
‘This slimy nice, calm guy act from Aaron is knocking me sick. He claims to like ‘chilled women’ when in reality what he means is that he likes women who aren’t strong minded so he can manipulate them, otherwise he gaslights them!’ someone else tweeted.
‘Aaron basically wants a woman who doesn’t speak. Get a blow up doll then, mate!’ another slammed.
Referring to the Hugo drama from the night before, someone penned: ‘Hugo gets attacked for not wanting someone that’s fake… but Aaron can talk about his clearly misogynistic preferences in broad daylight???? Something’s not adding up!’
Elsewhere on the show, Brad found himself smitten with bombshell Lucinda.
Head on: Aaron confronts his pairing Sharon Gaffka, 25 (pictured) about his feelings in a private conversation at the fire pit
After Lucinda picked labourer Brad as one of her three dates, it seemed the 26-year-old hunk couldn’t be happier.
Brad admitted to Lucinda that he isn’t really interested in his current partner Rachel, and said the newcomer is his ‘type’, even though he chatted up Rachel in order to keep his place in the villa earlier this week.
He said: ‘I’ve only known the lass for two days, you’re more my type. For the first time, I’ve literally been like, ‘Jesus Christ, I’d be buzzing to get into bed with her.’ I’ve never had that. I think you’re absolutely stunning. You honestly are.’
Brad was at risk of being dumped from the island earlier this week, but was saved when bombshell Rachel chose to couple up with him over Chuggs. And at the time, Rachel thought she and Brad had a lot in common.
Tearful: Doubtful: His doubts were triggered on Tuesday night’s episode when he didn’t like the way Sharon spoke to Hugo Hammond, 24 (pictured), following their plastic surgery disagreement
She said when she chose him: ‘This has not been easy in the slightest. I think you’re both amazing guys in every single way.
‘I can’t fault either of you for absolutely anything. I would like to couple up with this boy because I feel that we have a very similar take on life. We can talk about anything.
‘He’s made me feel comfortable, he’s made me feel sexy. He’s made me feel f****** great. I’m excited to see where things go.’
Decisions, decisions: Elsewhere on the show, Brad found himself smitten with bombshell Lucinda (pictured)
But Rachel could be set to lose her man, because Lucinda has already admitted to also setting her sights on Brad.
She said before entering the villa: ‘I really fancy Brad. And then possibly Liam. But obviously I’m open to getting to know any of the other boys.’
Love Island continues on Thursday at 9PM on ITV2 and on the ITV Hub.
LOVE ISLAND 2021: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Sharon Gaffka
Occupation: Civil Servant – Operations Lead for Department of Transport
Who is their type on paper? ‘I tend to date someone who is taller than me, even though my last long-term partner, he was actually someone who was shorter than me.
‘I’m quite an intellectual person so I want someone who can kind of match that.’
Name: Aaron Francis
Occupation: Luxury Events Host
Who is their type on paper? ‘I need someone that is passionate about what they are doing – from scientist to anything – you can tell when someone is speaking about something and they are actually smiling while they are talking. I love that.
‘I don’t like when people are doing a job just to make money and then they kind of just live for the weekend. Especially because I work on the weekends.’
Name: Liberty Poole
Occupation: Nando’s Waitress and Marketing Student
Who is their type on paper? ‘So I like tall, alpha male, confident, a cheeky chappy sort of guy.
‘But obviously that’s always usually combined with player types, which is where I go wrong. So I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right.’
Name: Hugo Hammond
Occupation: PE Teacher
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating.
‘I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there.’
Name: Liam Reardon
Are you competitive? ‘I am competitive to a certain extent. I’m not over the top. It’s always nice being a winner. If I’m in competition for a female, I want to try my best, but I won’t go too far out of my way. If she liked you that much she wouldn’t have to make a choice.’
Name: Jake Cornish
Occupation: Water Engineer
Who is their type on paper? ‘Looks wise, always gone for blondes. But for me, the main thing is having respect and having good fun, and someone who will be loyal to you…
‘I’ve had messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands. This is why I don’t trust anyone. Someone who is loyal really. But when I’m single, I like having a good time!’
Name: Kaz Kamwi
Occupation: Fashion Blogger
Who is their type on paper? ‘I like meeting new people, I’m ready to be in a relationship. Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?’
Name: Chloe Burrows
Occupation: Financial Services Marketing Executive
Who is their type on paper? ‘I like a good build. I go to the gym. I want someone who is funny. Really funny and caring and will do nice little things for you.
‘And then obviously someone who you can depend on to not ditch you. Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, they would have to be as loud, if not more.
‘I could never be with someone who is quiet. Someone that gives you a bit back’
Name: Faye Winter
Occupation: Letting Manager
What is her type on paper? ‘Someone that will put me in my place. Someone that makes me laugh. But also someone that takes my banter. I’m like a five-year-old in a playground, if I like you, I will make a mockery of you and laugh and joke. That is my really terrible flirting skills. I need someone who can take that.’
Name: Rachel Finni
Occupation: Luxury travel specialist
Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels, that’s how I describe my dating life. So I thought “why not? Let’s apply. If it happens, it happens”.’
Name: Lucinda Strafford
Occupation: Online fashion boutique owner
Which boy do you have your eye on? I really fancy Brad. And then possibly Liam. But obviously I’m open to getting to know any of the other boys.
Name: Brad McClelland
Who is their type on paper? Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she’s a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox.
Name: Toby Aromolaran
Occupation: Semi-pro footballer
How would he describe himself? ‘Optimistic. I always see the bright side in the worst situations. I’m a fun guy when I go on a night out. Responsible guy as well.’
Name: Chuggs Wallis
Occupation: Hat entrepreneur
Why did you sign up for Love Island? ‘I just feel like it’s now or never. I’m only 23 but I’m scared of aging. Especially as half of my last year of uni was taken away and we had so many fun plans. With Covid and the pandemic, I feel like I’ve missed a year of my youth, so I’m really gagging to get it all back – make the most of it.’
Name: Millie Court
Occupation: Fashion buyer’s administrator
Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve been single for over a year now. I’m ready to find ‘The One’. I’m a very spontaneous and adventurous person. I’m always up for doing something new and challenging myself. I’ve never done anything like this before. I just want to throw myself into it and have fun with it’